Chamber selects new Executive Director

The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Committee selected Ms. Gina Mintzer, CMP as its next executive director.

Ms. Mintzer is a Certified Meeting Professional and holds a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She has worked for 19 years at the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau where she is currently the Director of Sales.

She will replace Executive Director Michael Consuelo, who is retiring at the end of September.

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Below is a letter from outgoing Executive Director Michael Consuelo:

Dear Members,

Today there is quite a bit of excitement along with a few bittersweet moments as I reflect on my upcoming retirement.

Excitement in that I am very pleased to share with you the name of your Chamber’s new Executive Director: Ms. Gina Mintzer, CMP, CHA.
The Chamber Executive Committee selected Gina after an exhaustive search. She comes to us from the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau and will assume her new role the second week of September. Interest in filling the position came from as far as California, Florida, Arizona and a few Midwest states.  When all was said and done, Gina was chosen and I, for one, am very happy with the selection.  I have known Gina for quite a few years and also know that she will bring with her a positive and progressive approach to growing your Chamber and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Once on board, I am sure she will be reaching out to each and every one of you to get to know you and your business. Please extend a warm welcome to Gina this coming September.

Bittersweet in that after 10 years of service — the first three as the Special Events & Convention Sales Director for the CVB and the last seven as your Executive Director — I am leaving with a great deal of emotion. I’m elated that I have come to know all of you by personal contact, phone or as simple as emailing one another.  I’m very happy that we were able to grow our membership to now more than 425 members and to have a wonderful staff including Christine Molella, Sandy DeKleine, Kim Saheim, Amanda Metzger and Kristen Hanifin.  I feel fortunate to have worked with an outstanding Board of Directors — both current and past members — and to be associated with the County Board of Supervisors, especially those serving on the Tourism and Occupancy Tax Committees.
But most of all, I am happy to have been an advocate of your business and to have led the efforts of an ongoing initiative to promote year-round tourism, groups and special event activities.

When I think back on all of that, it saddens me to leave. While my life’s work experience has been primarily in the hotel industry, there is no question that the best job I have ever held is the one that I am now leaving. I have come to realize that change is good and now is the time for such a change. I am also leaving at a time when some great things are on the horizon — not only for this Chamber/CVB, but the entire region as a whole.

I will be here until September 29 to help transition Gina into her new role. I hope that I may get a chance to personally thank you for your support and say goodbye.  But, if not, I would like to close by saying it has been an honor to be of service to you. I sincerely hope that you will continue to support your Chamber for years to come.

With the warmest of regards, I remain …

Yours in Hospitality,

Michael Consuelo